Seasonal Changes in the Garden - February 2021

  Continuing our look at the back garden as it changes though the seasons, we leave January behind and move into February.

February 2nd: A fairly typical February day with overcast skies but moderately warm (9℃). Trees are bare and the Christmas Rose (Hellebore) in bloom.

February 9th: A light sprinkling of snow overnight rapidly melting in morning sunshine.

February 28th: A warm (for February) sunny day. Daffodils are out on the patio and my delivery of organic coir and perlite has arrived in readiness for the growing season. The cold frame that no-one ever shut has now moved to near the greenhouse where it is being used as it should be!

Weather data are from my Davis Vantage Pro 2 Plus weather station. Sunshine hours are estimated using monthly total solar radiation values.

Here is the February 2021 weather summary for a Hereford (UK) town garden. Equivalent weather values for February 2020 (last year) are in red for comparison.

February 2021 (2020)

Weather Parameter



Average Monthly Temperature 

6 oC (7 oC)

Maximum Monthly Temperature

14 oC (14 oC)

2nd, 22nd, 24th, 25th

Minimum Monthly Temperature

- 5 oC (-2 oC)

6th, 7th

Number of Air Frost Days

9 (2)

8th to 13th,  26th to 28th

Number of Hot Days (> 25 oC)

0 (0)

Monthly Precipitation

48.8 mm (195.4 mm)

Greatest 24 h Precipitation

14.8 mm (95.0 mm)

19th - 20th

Number of Dry Days

12 (6)

Monthly Sunshine Hours (estimated)

66 (68)

Average Wind Speed

5 km/h (7 km/h)

Highest Wind Speed

47 km/h (61 km/h)


Maximum Barometric Pressure (Sea Level)

1043.5 hPa (1038.8 hPa)


Minimum Barometric Pressure (Sea Level)

989.3 hPa (980.2 hPa)


Average Barometric Pressure (Sea Level)

1013.5 hPa (1008.6 hPa)

This month (February 2021) was cold, dry and frosty compared with February 2021. A month for planning, rather than doing,  in the garden.


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